frgavin on August 11th, 2009

Spiritual Anthrax: Why God's Man Must Not Blend

Kenny Luck

Every Man Ministries

If you think God’s values and the world’s values can coexist, then think again. Every week as I counsel men, I’m painfully aware of the war of mind and body and spirit raging between the two. Sometimes I feel as though I’m taking an unreasonable stand. But then I recall the words of Scripture: “Do not love the world or anything in the world” (1 John 2:15). To the apostle John, the world represented everything outside his front door.

He was simply following Jesus’ lead. Before His departure, Jesus gathered His men and proclaimed: “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:19). His message to those early disciples still calls to us: Blending with the world is not how one follows Jesus.

The good news is that when men get serious about their walk with God, they feel a deep, intuitive conflict of the soul where unholy alliances with the world, once accepted, must now be broken. It’s a Spirit-induced recognition that they’ve been mixing cocktails of spirituality only to produce hangovers of the soul. They start feeling the tension of spiritual warfare, some for the very first time. And as the battle lines of identity and values become clear, God’s man must choose.

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